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Nano-Scale Impact Characteristics of Rough Surfaces in Humid Atmosphere With Full or Partial SAM Protection

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Mircea Teodorescu

Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK

Stephanos Theodossiades, Homer Rahnejat

Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Paper No. DETC2008-49949, pp. 561-568; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 20th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Second International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4328-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The impact dynamics of micro-scale mechanisms deviates from the classical theories applied to traditional macro-systems, This is because of multiplicity of forces acting in nano-scale contacts, which have negligible effect at the larger scale. A fundamental understanding of these forces and their interplay is required to advise design of such mechanisms based on fundamental physics. The paper highlights the significance of some of these forces and circumstances where their influence becomes significant.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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